The lay members of the Order of Preachers in the Western Dominican Province have new officers effective today, Wednesday, August 20, 2008, including Tony Galati, OPL as president of the Lay Provincial Council [I give a ‘virtual’ bow to, and continually pray for, Karen Woods, OPL, outgoing president of the LPC, for her years of hard work and attention to the Idaho Dominican Laity]. I was appointed by the executive committee of the LPC as the new promoter of peace and justice.
My prayer is to serve that purpose nobly with an eye for excellence in effort and charity, but clarity and with truth. I will not always meet that goal but I ask you assist me in that direction.
I invite you to explore this blog. I have tried to articulate my concern and many other people’s concerns. At the same time, it is a personal education for me and I hope for you. The purpose here is to aid all concerned to seek the Truth in key issues, to allow prudence and discernment be exercised where possible, to point out higher moral situations, and to facilitate the right judgment and good order in developing and working on peace, justice, and stewardship issues–with all of this in charity.
With this end in mind, a key aid in that endeavor is the following link to the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church, a key document in the study of social justice issues, issues hierarchy, the moral and practical implications, and other matters. Look here:
Over the next few weeks, it is my hope to explore the study of Cosmology, the study of the movement of the heavenly bodies in the universe. Why Cosmology? First, many in the Order of Preachers are calling for an integration of a “new” Cosmology into the theology of the Church, ranking creation and the environment on par with humankind. We are called to be good stewards of creation, but ranking the material world with humankind negates the reality of the metaphysical, the nature of humankind as body and soul, and the doctrine of original sin. Second, frankly, it is an effort to try and understand the meaning and purpose in this new effort to amend the Church’s teachings. Finally, this call for a “new” Cosmology is where the spiritual battle is raging. There is a deep divide among Catholic people over these matters. It has found a home in the Dominican Order.
The real concern of social justice efforts should be focused on true human concerns, including the poor, the suffering, the enslavement of people, the ravages of war, and most notably, the killing of kids in the womb and of the disabled, the infirm, and the dying.
If you wish to make comments, please click on the comments button and go for it. If you wish to contribute a post, send it to me at my chapter’s email address: chapter[“at sign”]dominicanidaho.org. You are welcome to do so and I will post all reasonable comments. In our spiritual father, St. Dominic, Peace & faith, John